Monday, December 13, 2021

Hawaii Charlot Mural

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Life throws challenges
and every challenge comes
with rainbows and lights
to conquer it.
Amit Ray


Jean Charlot, Link
the significant French-born
American artist,
came to Hawaii in 1949 to
create frescoes
for the University of Hawaii.
He had already worked with
Diego Rivera and
Frida Kahlo in the
Mexican Muralism Renaissance
of the early 1920s  

In 1951 First Hawaiian Bank
[then Bishop National Bank]
commissioned Charlot to create this
large mural of several panels for
its new Waikiki Branch at the corner
of Kalakaua Avenue and Lewers Street.
[A few blocks from my home.
We have been First Hawaiian Bank
customers for 30 years]

Titled
“Early Cultural Exchanges
Between Hawaii and the Outer World"
this work is set between
1780 and 1830
depicting the immense changes
and multitude of introductions
to Hawaii during those years.
Charlot and his wife
made Hawaii their home,
and the artist
deeply studied Hawaiian
language,
history and culture.

Above we see a Chief trading
a fine feathered cape for
western goods like metal nails,
textiles, and tools.


This panel depicts the sitting
for a famous painting of
Kamehameha the Great in
red waistcoat accompanied
by wife Ka'ahumanu. Charlot
appreciated the role of
Hawaii's women and often
depicted them in his work.
                                            link
We see a Hawaiian guard
with spear, and
a Chinese person gifting
Hawaii it's first Banyan Tree.
The tiny plant promises the giant treasures we enjoy throughout
the islands today!

A foreign dignitary or
sea captain offers his
complements to the
King and Queen. 

" 'He wanted to make clear. . .
that the Hawaiians had
their own powerful culture
and were dynamically involved
in the historic drama unfolding
around them —
not passive primitives.
That is something that must
be underscored,' said his son
and biographer, 
John Charlot." Link



I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.

'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.
   Oliver Herford,
                                                  I Heard a Bird Sing
 

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   Cloudia & Pixie

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15 comments:

Mike said...

"'We are nearer to Spring Than we were in September,"
It felt like spring the last few days with all the storms and tornadoes we had in the midwest. I hope cooler weather gets here soon to quiet down the atmosphere.

Elephant's Child said...

What incredible, detailed, murals. thank you.

Sami said...

Great historical murals Cloudia.
Thanks for participating in Monday Murals.

Sandi said...

"...We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September..."

🥰

Mae Travels said...

The murals are very interesting. I wonder what the Hawaiian people think about them today. Their history is so complicated, and they really ended up losing a lot: both culturally and materially.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

RedPat said...

Wonderful murals! I like that we are nearer to spring and will remember that in cold January.

Sandee said...

Beautiful murals. Lots of history there.

It's always wonderful to see precious Pixie.

Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Scritches to Pixie. ♥

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

These are impressive murals, Cloudia. I really enjoyed learning about the artist and his impressive history. These are wonderful finds, dear.

Cloudia said...

Each of you is a treasure here!

Tom said...

...beautifully done.

Rambling Woods said...

Love your part of the world....Michelle

Teresa said...

Great information! I love the shots of the murals.

William Kendall said...

A beautiful mural.

Marv, Jo Jo, Komo, Cinnamon & Angel Nellie said...

Thanks for sharing the murals! I love how beautiful they are while they tell a story. Thank you so much

Cloudia said...

Thanks!